Ok, I’ll count this post as gratuitous bird stuff. Part of it does stem from a question I get a lot: “how do birds learn to fly?” Well, they learn by doing. The most important piece of it, though, is getting their muscles ready for the stress of flight. As a result, all birds spent a lot of time in the nest working out those big muscle groups before they ever take to the air. Once they take off and leave the nest, they’re on their own. So why gratuitous? Because in order to answer this question about flying, I was able to get some pictures of those young Peregrine Falcons doing some of this practice. This balcony near the nest seems like an ideal place for a young bird to get some experience.
You can also see that most of their baby feathers have been molted. They’re nearly ready to take off!